Welcome as a user at MAX IV!

On these pages, we would like to inform you about the facilities here at MAX IV. We hope that you will find the information useful. If you have any questions, please contact us by phone +46 46 222 98 72 or by email

The reception at MAX IV is open weekdays from 7.30 am to 4.30 pm. During these hours you can always come by to receive your access card, your guesthouse room key, or ask any questions. In the reception, you will find Peter, Juvicsa, Åse, Christine or Agneta.

If you have any questions regarding the DUO system or beamline specific questions – please contact the user office or your local contact at the beamline.

Safety test and to apply for an access card

Before your visit at MAX IV, it is important that you apply for an access card in DUO. This must be done before every beam time at MAX IV, even if you already have an access card from before. This is for us to know which users to expect for arrival for each day even if the user is arriving outside of reception hours.

Before receiving access to MAX IV, you also need to go through our safety test. This is also to be done in DUO. As of 1 January 2020, there is only one safety test (called safety test for users) for all beamlines.  All tests completed before 1 January 2020 have expired so please make sure you have completed yours before your arrival to MAX IV, in order to receive access to the premises.


Forskarhotellet is a guest house located approximately 500 meters from MAX IV.  All rooms are single rooms and have a private bathroom, wireless internet and a kitchenette with a fridge, freezer compartment, microwave oven and a small stove. Please note that the kitchenette is meant for heating a simple meal. For proper cooking, we recommend the kitchen at MAX IV. There is also a laundry room in the building with washing machine, dryer and iron that can be used at no extra charge. Forskarhotellet is a three-storey building, without elevator. Please send your reservation request as soon as possible via DUO. The rate is SEK 750 per night, including 12% VAT and breakfast. Please note, we have a limited amount of rooms. If you arrive at MAX IV after the reception is closed, you will find the key to your room at Forskarhotellet in a safety box outside the main entrance of MAX IV. You will receive more information about this after you have made your reservation.

Lund University Guest House can be used if Forskarhotellet is fully booked and we can help you to check availability. It is located at Tunavägen 39 A, between Lund city centre and MAX IV. It takes approximately 10 minutes to go by bike from LU Guest House to MAX IV. The LU Guest House contains 76 rooms that are spread on three floors. There are both single and double rooms and every floor offers fully equipped kitchens and a balcony. On the second floor of the building, a guest laundry room is available free of charge. Please note, you as a visitor cannot make reservations directly through LU Guest House, the reservation needs to go through your host department. The reception staff at MAX IV can help you in this matter. Read more about the LU Guest House here.

Location and Transportation

MAX IV is located in the north east of Lund, outside of the city centre. If you are staying for a couple of days, it might be a good idea to buy some food while you are in the city centre before you go to MAX IV. Read more about this under the food section.

Train, bus and tramway

If you are flying in to Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup) you can go by train (Öresundståg) to Lund C, full train schedule is found here. Please note that you need to buy the ticket before you enter the train, in a Skånetrafiken ticket machine with credit card, or in the Skånetrafiken app. If you are more than one person, you will get a discount. Please use the Duo/Family/Together ticket.

If you are flying in to Malmö Airport Sturup, you can go by bus (Flygbuss) to Lund C and then by bus to MAX IV. For Flygbussarna you can buy a ticket online, in a ticket machine or on the bus. For all alternatives, credit card payment is possible.

The green city bus number 20 from Lund Central to MAX IV runs Monday to Friday and departs from area K at Lund C. Please note that this bus only runs daytime – the last bus leaves from MAX IV just after 7 pm – and you’ll find the full bus schedule is found here. The bus ride from Lund C to MAX IV is about 15 minutes and MAX IV is a 4-minute bus ride south of ESS. You can pay by credit card directly on the bus, or buy the ticket in Skånetrafiken app on your mobile phone. From 13 December 2020, this bus will be replaced by a tramway going from Lund C to MAX IV.

For information about Öresundståg – visit https://www.oresundstag.se/
For information about busses and regional trains – visit https://www.skanetrafiken.se/
For information about Flygbussarna from Malmö Airport – visit https://www.flygbussarna.se/

Bicycles and electric scooters

We have bicycles that you can borrow at MAX IV. You can pick up the key at reception during our opening hours. The bikes must be returned the next day. First come, first served. We also have electric scooters provided by the company Lime. To rent these you simply download their app and follow instructions. For more information, visit https://www.li.me/en-us/home

Parking at MAX IV and Forskarhotellet

Parking at MAX IV is paid in the machine or in the Parkster app on your mobile phone. Parking at Forskarhotellet is free of charge if you are a guest. Please ask for a parking permit in the reception at MAX IV, and do not forget to turn it in before you leave.


To book a taxi, contact Cabonline +46 8 744 9560 or book online at https://www.cabonline.com/. The address for MAX IV is Fotongatan 2, 224 84 Lund.


Breakfast for hotel guests is served weekdays 7:30 am to 8:30 am in the E-building dining room (4th floor) at MAX IV. During weekends and public holidays, breakfast is self-serve. You will find breakfast items in a refrigerator (marked Forskarhotellet) in the small preparation kitchen on the 4th floor of the E-building. If you have not notified us before your arrival, do let us know if you suffer from any food allergies and we will try to accommodate you to the best of our ability.

Fresh fruit is delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, free to take if you wish to do so. The fruit baskets are located in the D-building dining room (2nd floor) and the E-building dining room (4th floor).

Vending machines can be found on the ground floor (E-building), on the 4th floor (E-building), and in the 1.5 GeV ring. Payment by credit cards is accepted. Our vending machines offer frozen and chilled meals, fresh salads and baguettes and sweets. We have microwaves as well as refrigerators available for use in our kitchens on the 4th floor of the E-building. Please use the refrigerators marked “User fridge” in the small preparation kitchen and don’t forget to mark your food items with your name.

Lunch and Dinner can be bought at food trucks visiting every week, please ask the reception for updated dates and times. The current trucks are usually here Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. The food trucks are parked just outside the MAX IV main entrance (E-building). Please see the following pages for menus:

Falafel Street Food: https://sv-se.facebook.com/falafelstreetfood/
Asian Woking: http://asianwoking.se/foodtruck.html
Tabemasu Ka-Jen: https://www.tabemasukajen.se/meny/

The closest lunch restaurants are located at the Sony building, which is a 20-minute walk from MAX IV or 5 minutes by bike. The restaurants are Scotland Yard (opening hours, menu and map) and Bricks Eatery (opening hours, menu and map).

The closest restaurant for dinner (or lunch) is located at Elite Hotel Ideon, which is a 30-minute walk or 9 minutes by bike from MAX IV. The address is Scheelevägen 27 and here you’ll find two restaurants, NorthEast (opening hours, menu and map) and Paolos (opening hours, menu and map).

Grocery stores can be found here:

  • Willys, Magistratsvägen 22, open Monday through Saturday 7 am to 10 pm, Sunday 8 am to 10 pm. 6–10 minutes by bike.
  • LIDL, Magistratsvägen 6, open Monday through Friday 8 am to 9 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, Sunday 9 am to 7 pm. 8 minutes by bike.
  • ICA Nära Tornet, Uardavägen 131, open Monday through Sunday 8 am to 9 pm. 7–10 minutes by bike or 20 minutes by bus from MAX IV.

Online food delivery is another option and can be ordered through either www.hungrig.se or www.dominos.se. Be sure to give the correct address for delivery: Fotongatan 2, 224 84 Lund for delivery to MAX IV building and Brunnshögsvägen 10/Vektorgatan, 225 94 Lund for delivery to the Forskarhotell.

Cabinet in the 4th-floor kitchen is your final resort. Here you will find pasta, rice, noodles and soups which can be used for free.

In-house facilities

Available for users at MAX IV are rest-rooms, a library and a gym. Please ask at reception for direction.

In case of emergency

General information about safety at MAX IV can be found here. The number to SOS Alarm is 112.

What happens in Lund?

For information about things happening in Lund during your stay at MAX IV, Visit Lund is your guide.